Fischer–Saller scale

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The Fischer–Saller Scale, named after Eugen Fischer and Karl Saller (de), is used in physical anthropology and medicine to determine the shades of hair color. The scale uses the following designations:[1][2][3][4]

A Young blond man.jpg very light blond
B to E Lucy Merriam (cropped).jpg light blond
F to L TKvamme.jpg blond
M to O Uschi Glas (Berlinale 2012) (cropped).jpg dark blond
P to T Goofy Boy.jpg light brown to medium brown – "chatain"
U to Y Sharon Shannon smiling.jpg dark brown/black – "brunet"
I, II, III, IV German Woman Portrait - Dutch summer festival of the Redhead Day in Breda, September 2010.jpg red
V, VI Strawberry Blond Girl.jpg red blond

Earlier scale[edit]

An earlier version of the scale created by Eugen Fischer, known as the Fischer Scale, used a different range of designations:[5][2][6]

1–3 red
4 dark-brown
5 dark-brown / brown
6 brown/ auburn
7 brown / lightbrown
8 brown / lightbrown
9 light-brown (sometimes in reddish shades) / some anthropologists call it dark-blond also
10 light-brown (sometimes in reddish shades) / some anthropologists call it dark-blond also
11 dark-blond / some anthropologists call it light-brown also
12–19 golden blond
20–25 ash-blond
26 dark ash-blond / some anthropologists call it lightbrown also
27–28 black

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ubelaker, Douglas H. (July 2000). "Change in Hair Pigmentation in Children from Birth to 5 Years in a Central European Population (Longitudinal Study)". Forensic Science Communications. 2 (3). 
  2. ^ a b Malinowski, Andrzej (1997). "Podstawy antropometrii. Metody, techniki, normy". 
  3. ^ "Contribution à l'anthropologie des Corses : Anthropologie de la tête (suite) - Persée". 26 February 1968. 
  4. ^ "Image - TinyPic - bezpłatny hosting obrazów, udostępnianie zdjęć i hosting filmów wideo". 
  5. ^ Coon, Carleton Stevens (1939). "The races of Europe". 
  6. ^ Michalski, Ireneusz (1949). "The anthropological structure of Poland in light of the Polish War Office's materials. Part I".